Free firewood will be available to the public for a limited time at Wrights Lake Recreation Area in the Eldorado National Forest.
The area will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2 to cut and gather wood from trees that were downed in storms, according to a written statement from the U.S. Forest Service. Woodcutters will be issued free permits on the spot, officials said.
Permits are for personal use only, and commercial gathering for resale is not allowed. Woodcutters must remain on existing paved surfaces and must not block roads, gates or closure barriers. Only newly downed logs will be permitted for cutting.
More than 200 trees fell in storms last winter, causing extensive damage to the campground, picnic areas and trails. Although Forest Service workers hosted a clean-up event for the public last spring, many downed trees remain to be cleared, officials said.
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Several rules will be in effect during the event:
▪ The free permit is for personal use only. No commercial wood gathering for resale will be allowed.
▪ No early entry will be allowed.
▪ Recreation activities will be restricted during the event to provide for public safety. Access to the Rockbound and Twin Lakes trail heads will be allowed.
▪ Wood cutters must remain on existing paved roads, pull-outs and spurs, and must not block roads, gates or closure barriers.
▪ Cutting of only newly wind-downed logs will be permitted. Older weathered logs must be left on site.
▪ Woodcutters must check out and exit the gate before 4 p.m. each day.
▪ Members of the public who do not honor the rules will be asked to leave.
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